Gates of Discovery Preschool
When To Keep a Child Home

When To Keep a Child Home

If a child or family member of a child exhibit any of the following, the child may NOT attend school:

  • Fever of 100.4 (degrees Fahrenheit) or above
  • Cough, runny nose, shortness of breath or other symptoms of respiratory infection, sore throat or look physically ill.
  • Has taken any medication to limit the effects of the above-symptoms.

If a child becomes sick at school, they will be isolated from others and expected to be picked up quickly. If symptoms continue or worsen CDC advises you contact your health care provider.

To return to school:

  • Child must be fever free 72 hours without use of fever reducing medication
  • If respiratory symptoms were present, three days after respiratory symptoms end but no sooner than 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

If a child or family member comes in contact with a person who has Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19:

  • Family should self-isolate for 14 days from the last day person was in contact with sick individual
  • If someone in the family is diagnosed with Covid-19 you must notify the school immediately

Rash or eye inflammation – the condition must be diagnosed by a physician prior to sending a child to school.

Nausea or diarrhea – a child who is nauseated, has vomited or has experienced diarrhea in the last 72 hours must be kept at home for observation.

Cold – It can be difficult to differentiate the onset of a cold from early symptoms of COVID-19. A child who exhibits the early symptoms of a cold should be monitored at home before returning to school.  Cold symptoms, especially sneezes and coughs, can easily transfer germs among children.  Frequent hand washing is important at this juncture to avoid spreading colds. A doctor’s note will be required to return to school.

Antibiotics – A child whose doctor has prescribed antibiotics must be on the medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to returning to school.